Where does the money come from?
APRA AMCOS collects licence fees from a large number of dance schools in Australia and New Zealand for the use of music to accompany classes.
What information does APRA AMCOS use to determine who should be paid?
Although the nature of music use accompanying dance classes is classified as featured music use, given the number of dance schools that are licensed it would be inefficient and unfeasible to collect detailed music use reports from all licensees.
As at June 2021, APRA is consulting with industry groups and undertaking analysis of music use in dance classes with the goal of developing a distribution policy which uses music collected either directly or via a third party from dance schools, in addition to targeted sample or proxy data sets. While that consultation is ongoing, APRA distributes these licence fees by way of analogous data sources using the same method as is used to distribute background audio, i.e.:
- radio (commercial & community radio in Australia; and commercial & student radio in New Zealand);
- music streaming services.
How are songs matched to the data APRA AMCOS receives?
Where we make payments via analogy, the song matching process has already taken place within the different distribution pools that this revenue is allocated to.